Even minor fender benders can cause a rush of adrenaline and fear, but as the circumstances become more dangerous, so does the potential for severe injuries or death. One type of crash that tends to lean toward the more severe end of the spectrum and often involves at least one casualty is a head-on collision.
You may agree that this could be one of the most frightening scenarios since seeing another vehicle coming right at you would certainly spark fear and apprehension. It may help to know how to react to this situation ahead of time in order to increase your chances of surviving.
Steering clear of a head-on collision
Some would say that remaining vigilant is the first step in avoiding any crash, including one that could be head-on. While that is definitely good advice, it does not tell you how to drive in order to increase the chances of getting away from a vehicle coming directly at yours. The following driving tips could help:
- If necessary, swerve to the right and not into the opposing vehicle’s travel lane because the other driver may realize the mistake at the last second and attempt to move back into it.
- Try to stay on pavement if possible, but if not, it is still better to go off the road than into another vehicle.
- Prepare yourself to hit a stationary object, such as a tree, fence or pole.
- You may end up sideswiping another vehicle, but this is usually safer than a head-on collision.
- You may need to make an emergency stop, so prepare yourself for the vehicle behind you to hit yours.
- As soon as you see the danger, slow down as much as you safely can. This could give you precious seconds you need to react in order to minimize injuries.
You could still end up involved in some sort of accident, so make sure you and anyone else in your vehicle wears a seat belt.
The aftermath of a head-on collision
If nothing you do prevents a head-on collision and you suffer serious injuries or lose a loved one, the aftermath of this type of accident will most likely stay with you for some time. You could end up with costly medical care and medical-related needs. You may not be able to return to work for some time. You might end up needing funds for a memorial service or burial.
These are not the only costs you could incur as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. The losses you sustain could prove financially devastating. Be cautious about accepting any settlements offered to you in the first days or weeks after such a serious accident. They will most likely not include the maximum amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. Instead, discuss your situation with an Illinois attorney to help increase your odds of receiving the full monetary restitution you deserve.